Scottsdale Links Resort
What We Love
- A spacious one- or two-bedroom abode in the Arizona desert, with room for up to sixHitting the local golf courses, spas and restaurants, many just a walk or short drive away
- Taking a hike or horseback ride around McDowell Mountain
- Sunning by the pool, before gathering around a gas grill for a barbecue
- Taking advantage of your accommodation’s full kitchen, including a dishwasher
What To Know
- Covered parking is available
- There are no elevators; if you're staying on the second or third floor, be prepared to lug your suitcases up to your room
- Free WiFi
- Very close to multiple golf courses, restaurants and shops
Long past its humble origins as a desert boomtown, Scottsdale has evolved into a world-class hub for food, wellness and golf getaways. And while the “links” in Scottsdale Links Resort refers to the last type of escape, since golf courses abound in its vicinity, this property does a pretty good job of hooking you up with numerous restaurants and spas, too. If you prefer more adventurous types of activities, take to McDowell Mountain or Pinnacle Peak for a hike. More of an architecture enthusiast? Visit the home where Frank Lloyd Wright spent more than 20 years.
Scottsdale is also known as an old-fashioned resort town, a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach,” in the words of The New York Times – and if you remain on-site, you’ll get a taste of this other side of the southwestern destination. Accommodations here are designed as peaceful, well-appointed retreats from the desert sun, with a full kitchen, and there are gas grills outside, if you’d like to host an impromptu barbecue. To help you cool off, a large turquoise pool occupies the center of the property, lined with loungers and stands of palms. Just call this stay the perfect local base – to a tee.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $15 (plus tax) per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi; parking; recreational facilities, including pools, the spa, the children’s splash pad and garden playground; access to the 24-hour fitness room; DVD rental; seasonal activities; use of garden chess, garden gas grill and fire pit; 24-hour coffee and tea in the lobby; 24-hour use of business-center computers and boarding-pass printing.
Make yourself cozy in your one- or two-bedroom abode, which features a full kitchen – complete with a stove and dishwasher – a dining-room table and a living area with a queen-sized sofa bed. One-bedroom units measure 921 square feet and hold a king bed in the bedroom, while the two-bedroom option offers a spacious 1,143 square feet with a king bedroom and a queen bedroom.
Amenities – Air conditioning- Satellite TV- Alarm clock- Ceiling fan- Dining-room table- Iron and ironing board- King bed- Laundry facilities- Safe- Sleeper sofa- Sofa- Telephone- Voicemail- Washer/dryer- Wired Internet (fees may apply)- Blender- Coffee maker- Cooking utensils- Dishes- Dish detergent- Microwave- Oven- Refrigerator- Silverware- Toaster- Bath amenities- Hair dryer- DVD player
Once a sleepy town in the Arizona desert, Scottsdale has grown into a veritable oasis for rest and relaxation. From the charming sights of Old Town to its array of deluxe wellness destinations and golf courses, the city is a playground for grown-ups, brimming with wine bars, fine-dining rooms, upscale shops and art galleries. The hotel is located in the heart of it all, just minutes from the numerous spas and restaurants, and roughly a 40-minute drive to McDowell Mountain Regional Park, where you can hike, bike or horseback ride. For a day trip, head north to the Grand Canyon, or spend an afternoon taking a ride on a hot-air balloon.
How to Get There
My husband and I returned a second time to stay at Scottsdale Links Resort.
Our first stay a few years ago was wonderful although we could tell that the property was in need of some repair.
This time around we stayed 3 nights and here is a short check list of why we will NEVER RETURN.
👎 The carpets were filthy. I mean really gross, we moved the chairs and ottoman in the living room around and there were dark stains in the carpet.
👎 The kitchen floor had a long crack in the tile.
👎 The bathroom floor and walls were dirty. The sink smelled like the sewer.
👎 When we opened the curtains, the stick completely fell off.
👎 When we opened the patio screen door, it fell off of the hinges.
👎 The dryer was missing a leg and barely worked.
👎 Diamond Resorts did not honor their 3 or more night stay = Mid week light maid service.
👎 When I approached Jon at the desk about this, he told me that my stay didn't qualify for maid service.
I accepted this and asked for a vacuum so that I could clean the place myself.
👎 Poor customer service
He insisted that there was a vacuum in the room.. and let me assure you that there was no vacuum accessible to guests in that room.
I attempted to explain to him that there was a locked closet and he told me that was a closet for maintenance etc.
👎 I never had a vacuum cleaner delivered or received the light maid service defined in the information card in the room.
👍 The only positive thing was that he had bath towels delivered right away. That's it.
👎 I waisted my Sunday morning cleaning the room when I could have joined my husband at the fitness center.
👎 Resort fees were high
👎 When we checked out, we brought all of this to the agent's attention and although we got a weak apology we also got nothing but excuses for the absence of mid week maid service.
JUST A HEADS UP IF YOU DECIDE TO BOOK AT THIS RESORT.
They are renovating buildings, so expect excuses for limited parking, noise,rooms being in bad shape etc.
If you book through another website like we did, WATCH your bank activity!!! for additional charges !!!
They attempted to charge us an additional $160+. When my husband called this morning, the rep told him that the fee was meant to be charged
This issue is still under investigation.
NEVER RETURNING AGAIN 👎👎👎👎👎
Nice two bedroom condo style room. You could tell the rooms were dated, but very clean. The bed felt like I was sleeping on concrete. My friend said the same about hers' the next day. Barely enough cream, sugar, or coffee but appreciated the thought. At our time of visit the pool area was very relaxing, but the hot tub in the adult pool area wasn't working. When front desk was made aware they didn't tell me that there was a secondary one available. Heads up if you get roped into sitting for a "presentation " they do not provide shuttle transportation.
All in all the hotel was a convenient getaway and had all of the necessities you could need
Lovely rooms with excellent floor plan and everything we could need for a great vacation. Great pool and comfy lounge chairs and umbrellas. Great barbecue picnic area. and grounds. Wonderful staff, very friendly and accommodating and helpful. The resort is located close to every kind of business we needed.
We have stayed here every March for the last 8-10 years. It is A Diamond Resort property, so yes, they will try to get you to come to one of their update or orientation meetings. You can refuse, which we do, and they don’t seem to hassle you about it. The grounds are gorgeous. They maintain them beautifully. I love that there are two pools: one for the adults and another large pool for families. There is also a well-equipped workout center near the pool area and plenty of scheduled activities. There are grills located throughout the property, although sometimes they don’t work. There is a seating area and fire pit also by the pool area. If possible, book a unit on the back side of the complex. Those overlook the TPC Champion course and are much quieter than those on the parking lot, unless you happen to book close to the playground. The units are spacious, but well in need of updating. The only thing they have changed in many years is substituting two recliners for the less than comfortable easy chairs they used to have in the living room. The couch is a disaster. It is too uncomfortable to sit on. The carpeting is worn and stained in spots. It seems most Diamond Resorts have the same decorator and furniture suites. The beds are comfortable; plenty of storage in each bedroom for your clothes and suitcases. When we were there this past March, they were showcasing the new decorating schemes they were implementing. Let’s hope the furniture is more comfortable. Each unit has a safe for your valuables. The kitchen is spacious and well stocked. The dining table has seating for six. There are full-size washers and dryers in each unit. The vanities in the baths are extremely low. I am not a tall person —5’4” — and the top of the vanity only comes to my hip. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available all day in the office, along with two computers and printers in the business center. The staff is personable and helpful. Maintenance comes quickly if there is a problem. Housekeeping does a good job keeping the units clean. Note that if you have your sheets changed when they clean midweek, there is an extra charge. This seemed to be new this last year. The resort is convenient to the 101, which makes getting around the area easy. There are plenty of restaurants, shopping, churches and entertainment venues close by. I prefer this resort over the other Diamond Resorts in the area — I believe there are three. Relax and enjoy your stay.
My husband and I chose this resort for our honeymoon because we didn't want to stay in your typical hotel. The resort upgraded us to a 2BR condo, although we really didn't need it. The size of the condo is great! So nice to have separate living/sleeping areas.
We had a full size kitchen, living room, dining room, washer/dryer, 2 bathrooms and balcony. We had a room that overlooked the courtyard, so we didn't have any road or parking lot noise. We did have a 3rd floor unit, and had to climb 3 flights of stairs, which didn't bother us, but could be a problem for others. The unit we had Bldg 12-348 had nice furnishings and carpet. The bed was very comfortable. The kitchen cabinets and the bathrooms are in need of upgrading. There resort put information in the unit regarding their scheduled upgrading to all units.
The serenity pool for adults only was nice, it had a hot tub and was connected to the fitness center. The larger pool was nicer, and never felt crowded or loud. There was a children's splash pad as well. The pool had a nice supply of floaties and pool noodles for the kids, as well as two basketball hoops. There were 2 cabanas that were on a first-come basis, or you could pay to reserve them.
One major downside to the location of this resort is the airport noise. Non-stop small aircraft right overhead from morning to night. After a while you don't notice it anymore with the noise of the children laughing and the music that is piped in.
There were several areas on the grounds of the resort where you could BBQ and we took advantage of that. There was also a children's playground and ping-pong table.
The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The staff do a great job of keeping everything clean.
We knew going in that this was a timeshare resort, and we checked off the box which declined receiving any promotional calls. We did ask the concierge for a dinner recommendation and he tried to get us to take a tour, but we declined and he didn't pressure us. He even made dinner reservations for us at a restaurant they have a connection with and we received VIP treatment and free dessert at the restaurant. Nice touch!
The building we were located in was one of the furthest from the pool area, but the grounds really aren't that big, so it was just a short walk. We stayed 4 days, and received housekeeping on the second day.
There are activities that you can join in on, for children and adults. Some are free and some cost $$ for materials. They give you the calendar of events when you check in.
We have decided that we will bring our children and grandchildren here in the near future. We will definitely come back!
No photos to share, since mine are almost exactly like the ones others have shared. The furnishings were just as are depicted in the resort photos.